What's In Bloom

blooming orchid flower
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thunia alba  is one of around six species in the genus Thunia. Orchids in this genus are from the seasonally dry, tropical forests of northern India, Myanmar, Thailand & China. These deciduous, terrestrial orchids wake up in late March & grow explosively until flowering in June-July.

Jade vine flowers
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Strongylodon macrobotrys, common name; Jade Vine, is known for its striking cascades of blue-green flowers.  Native to the rainforests of the Phillipines, it is a member of the Leguminosae, (pea and bean), family.

fragrant and beautiful flower of the <em>Cavendishia adenophora</em> plant.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cavendishia adenophora, is a plant in the Ericaceae (blueberry) family. It is native to Columbia, South America.

pineapple fruit with purple flowers
Friday, February 16, 2018

Ananas comosus, otherwise known as pineapple is  a cultigen (a plant that has been altered by humans through a process of selective breeding) from southeastern and southern Brazil and Paraguay. It is the most economically significant plant in the Bromeliaceae family.

Alpinia zerumbet, common name: shell ginger
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Alpinia Zerumbet, also known as shell ginger, is a perennial plant native to east Asia. It is grown as an ornamental and has medicinal as well as culinary uses.

Sansevieria kirkii
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Blooming for the first time,  Sansevieria kirkii var. pulcra 'Coppertone', Coppertone Snake Plant!!

Dendrobium alexandre
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dendrobium alexandrae, Alexandra's Dragon Orchid, is a large flowered species, native to New Guinea. This orchid is an epiphyte, as is true for most Dendrobium species, growing on high branches of trees in  lower montane forests.

Leopard plant in bloom
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculata', leopard plant, lives in the Asia section of the Cool Temperate House and is native to east Asia.

Dendrochilum magnum, large orchid with gold colored chains of blooming flowers
Monday, September 18, 2017

Dendrochilum magnum is a large orchid, native to the Phillipines. Its lovely golden chains of flowers have a sweet/spicy (think allspice) scent. The blooms last two to four weeks.
You can see this stunning plant in the Stove House.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lobelia cardinalis, or cardinal flower, gets its common name from the red robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals.